Mentally preparing for university!

Hi everyone, hope you’re well!

With September fast approaching, comes with planning and preparing for university if this is what you’re going on to do. I am studying English and Education and am in September, starting second year. I moved out of Halls on campus in June and after spending July and August at home working, going away and catching up with friends, which has been nice, I now do feel ready to start back at Edge Hill. In today’s blog, I will be suggesting some tips to help you to feel ready, prepared, excited and relaxed for your time at university, whatever year you are starting or age you are!

When it comes to making friends- everyone is in the same boat!

Last year, when I moved into Halls and started my course , I was worried about who I would be living and being on my course with during first year, whether they would like me and get on, hoping that I would feel at home at Edge Hill and in the flat. But I remember collecting my keys and having my photo taken for my student ID and talking to some girls in the queue. They felt nervous and excited, just like I did and it was then I realized that everyone, no matter how old they were, where they were from or what course they did, was in the exact same boat I was. It is so important to treat others how you’d like to be treated in life, and this definitely goes for at uni, so times when others feel homesick,stressed or worried about something, just think about how you’d like someone to treat you and let them know you care and are there for them!

If you forget something when packing, it can always be sent in the post or collected next time you visit home!

I know this one seems very obvious, but it was something I didn’t really think about when i was packing last year! I brought basically everything I could think of, and of course it’s important to have the things you need, but it’s also important not to over pack, especially if your flat is like mine and has lots and lots of stairs haha! It’s important to bring the things you need, then extra things like decoration for your room and food, when you get to uni and keep extra room in the car for bulky things like your duvet and clothes airer!

There is always someone there for you!

I remember when i first moved into Halls last year with my parents, they helped me move all my things and gets settled in. When I was all settled in, it was then time for them to leave me and go back home. I waved them off in the car, and as I watched them drive away I was hit with the sudden realization that this was it, I was at university! I suddenly left quite lonely and like I didn’t know what to do next, I got lost on my way back to the flat and I could feel myself panicking a bit. But when I made my way back, i was greeted by a few of my flatmates who had moved in and immediately started talking with them and was offered a cup of tea! I knew then that everything would be ok and that someone will always be there for me. I rang my parents that night and my best mates and my boyfriend and I knew that everything would be alright and I would enjoy my first year at Edge Hill.

I hope you enjoyed the blog and bets of luck with moving into your accommodation and starting uni!

Alice 🙂

Healthy meal ideas as a vegetarian student!

Hi everyone, hope you’re well and have had a good week!

Today’s blog is going to be the first in a little series of blogs, which will revolve around healthy eating and meal ideas when on a budget and maybe a slightly lazy student! For this months blogs, I will be sharing recipes and tips for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This first blog will be talking about store cupboard essentials as a student and a bit about my personal list!

I have been vegetarian, on and off for around 3 years now, with a very short lived attempt at veganism ( didn’t last as I missed cheese too much 😉 ) and I love it. I know it’s not for everyone, but personally I love healthy eating and vegetables and found that I felt better when actually taking time to think about what I am eating and that’s how my enjoyment for cooking began! As a student, I have loved having the freedom to buy and cook whatever I want, especially broccoli and cheese for pretty much every meal! But there is always the problem of budgeting and using your money wisely when cooking for yourself. My biggest tip for this is having store cupboard essentials in, either when my parents would take me for a food shop when coming to visit or when going home during the holidays. Personally my store cupboard essentials that have a great shelf life include:
– Tinned Tomatoes, baked beans, kidney beans and chickpeas for veggie chilli, pasta sauce, curry and casseroles or whatever you fancy- you can get really inventive with a tin of chickpeas with a bit of imagination! Oh and beans on toast or with a jacket potato- obviously ( a classic student meal!).
– Dried carbohydrates, so pasta, rice, tinned potatoes and noodles- literally the back bone to most student meals, add some veg and you’re good to go.
– Jars of curry powder, dried chillies, mixed herbs, salt, sugar, pepper and all-spice. can really making a boring meal interesting! As well as cooking oil, a definite essential.
– Porridge oats, tea, coffee and cereal. Oh and biscuits, definitely- my personal favourites have to be Aldi’s own dark chocolate digestives- 49p a pack! I know.  I honestly don’t feel like there’s anything that can’t be fixed with a digestive biscuit and a coffee, especially when the biscuit costs less that a penny!
Having these bits in are brilliant for making a meal when you feel like you don’t have anything in and are hiding at the back of your cupboard! In the next blog I will touch on my fridge and freezer essentials as a student as well as giving you a few of my favourite breakfast ideas!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog, please comment if you have any questions!
Alice 🙂

Keeping yourself busy during summer and keeping productive!

Hi guys, I hope everyone is well and have had a good week. For today’s blog, I’m going to be talking about different ways to keep yourself busy and productive during the summer It can be hard for a student at this time, after finishing a year of university, of ways to keep yourself busy. I am the type of person who struggles when I don’t have things to do and feel restless when I am bored.

  • Get a part time job! I have a few part time jobs, including working in a guest house and the Buxton festival fringe. If you enjoy where you work, it can be a good use of your time and obviously brilliant as you earn money to spend on some of the other things on my list!
  • Go on a trip! It can be brilliant to go away and treat yourself. I have been away for the weekend to Newcastle with family and went to Berlin with my boyfriend and friends for a week. It felt so nice after the first year and working hard, to just relax! Spending time with the people you love is always a good way to spend your time! Even if it’s not going away, if it’s at home, or on a walk or in a restaurant, it’s always nice.
  • Exercise! I still have my gym membership from Buxton which i was very happy about. So while I’ve been home I’ve been enjoying doing that, as well as going on runs around Buxton. ( Not going on many and not for long but it’s better than nothing!)
  • Catching up with friends from home is always lovely, talking about how their first year uni experience was or having a gap year and what they’ve been up to. Its so nice to get to seeing friends again and feeling like no time has gone at all, I met up with some of my textiles friends from college the other week! They’ve all been up to different things but being with them, it really did feel like no time had gone at all.

I hope today’s blog has been helpful for you and given you an insight into the summer of a university student living at home before the next year. Have a good week, as always comment if you have any questions,

Alice 🙂

Returning home for summer and leaving accommodation.

Hi everyone! Hope you’re well and that stresses of exams and deadlines have come or are now coming to an end!

It has been over a month since I have fully finished my course, and I think, now having fully moved out of halls, I have come to terms that first year has finished, and I often feel myself reflecting on my first year. I returned home to Buxton on Friday, so have been home for nearly a week now.  I did the moving out of halls process in two parts, moving out the majority of my belongings with my parents in a mini bus, while I stayed at uni another week and took the rest of my belongs home on the train! Important things to do before moving out of halls is:

  • Emptying and cleaning out all personal belongings. We were left in the kitchen with donation bags, for anything such as unwanted pots, pans, folders, clothes etc- anything that you do not want anymore!
  • Cleaning! For me, this was the hardest part of moving out, but it is important that everything is fully cleaned in your room, food cupboards, bathroom etc! So everywhere is dusted, bathroom is fully cleaned and everywhere is left in the state it was when you first moved in.
  • Everything is cleaned and emptied out of fridges and freezers! There were a few flatmates of mine left when I left the flat so I told them they could use my leftover milk, just t make sure everything is used up and not wasted.
  • Keys are handed in at the security hut, Edge Hill sport bands are handed back in at the sports reception and the Durning centre is checked for any packages and post.

It was quite sad and emotional for me when I moved out of my accommodation, of somewhere I have considered as home for 8/9 months. But I have loved my time living on campus and looking back on all the memories that were made in that flat- I’m not going to miss all the stairs though!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog, please comment if you have any questions,

Alice 🙂

First Year over! :)

 

 

Hi Everyone! Hope you’re well and have had a good week.

I know right now alot of people have either finished their course or are right on the edge of finishing, just needing that final push towards the end. I handed in my final assignment last Thursday and can’t explain how good it feels to be done after all the slaving away for the past few months. When I first finished, I just slept the full Friday to celebrate!                                                                                  Since then I have been keeping myself busy and my plan was to stay on campus for a few weeks before I go back home for summer- but I have come back home for a couple of weeks before I return with my parents to fully move out- but more of that in my next post!  In this blog I’m going to talk about finishing my first year and 3 mains things I have learnt when being at Edge Hill since September.

Independence!                                                                                                                                            With the countless amount of responsibilities that comes with moving out and going to uni, you really do gain alot of maturity and independence! Many jobs including budgeting, cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping and keeping on top of all uni work- just to name a few! The responsibilities are endless! So when faced with all these responsibilities, it is an instinct to do what we need to do! It can be so difficult to get everything done- but something really important that I’ve learnt within this first year is just to try your best, that’s all you can do. I’ve learnt there are always people around you who are there to help and a phone call home or to friends really helps!

Productiveness and Motivation!                                                                                                I have always been a procrastinator, and when I know i have something  I need to do, but don’t want to (like the laundry or washing up or an assignment that I don’t know how to start) I will do virtually everything else I can to put off doing it! Anything! Like going to an exercise class, having a nap , watching a film, going on a night out..! The list is never ending! But during this first year at Edge Hill, I’ve really learnt if I don’t do it, it just won’t get done! I have enjoyed writing to do lists and meal plans and put everything on the list. Even things like having meals or meeting friends or watching an episode of something as well as starting an assignment as it means I will be more likely to do it! I find that motivating myself by almost bribing myself with things I want to do, makes my goals more achievable.

Confidence and trust in yourself and others!                                                                      During my first year, I have met friends that I know I will keep for life and meeting new people has required confidence and trust! Being confident to make the leap with meeting new people and being yourself is so important- and how you meet like minded friends. And having that trust in others is important too! You have to remember that everyone at uni is in the same boat, everyone is nervous and doesn’t know what’s going to happen, but by being friendly and being yourself- everyone will be happy! Your happiness is so important so making decisions and being safe in situations you are comfortable is key!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog and it has given you an insight into three important life skills I have learnt in my first year at Edge Hill! Please comment if you have any questions, I hope to hear from you soon.

Alice! 🙂

 

Coming back to uni after Easter!

Hi everyone, hope you’re well and have had peaceful and chilled Easter holiday with your family and friends and taken this as a time to reflect on your studies, work or just have a nice break!

For me, I went back home for 3 weeks, and spent my holiday working at the guesthouse I work in, going to the local library back home where I mostly did essay writing and catching up with friends and family in the evenings! I know some people decided to stay at uni during the Easter break to get work done, and after that will be returning home when all exams and deadlines have been completed!                                                                                                                                              But for me, I knew I would be able to get work done while at home and had family commitments planned, like my cousins 18th and a planned trip to the pub with some college friends. I kept myself very busy during the holidays, and it didn’t really feel like a rest or break for me!                                                                      It’s more peaceful coming back to uni and having my own space again, but it is quite funny returning after such a nice few weeks with my family and friends.  I came back home on Sunday with my dad, taking 3 trains from Buxton to Manchester, Manchester to Liverpool Lime and Liverpool central to Ormskirk, which I’m very glad my dad came back with me to help carry all my bags! My uncle picked me up in his car when I went back to Buxton, so I was able to take all my uni books and clothes with me without having to worry about carrying lots of bags through Liverpool! I have been back here for a few days now and I have to say, I have really missed being at uni but I also do miss things from home! I certainly miss not having to worry about doing my laundry or doing the food shop, and also having my family around me to talk and spend time with them. I am back at uni for about a month now but have just been very busy finishing off deadlines in for this week, but after these assignments, that is first year done for me!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog and it has given you an insight into what I got up to this Easter holiday and being back at uni! Please comment if you have any questions,                                                                                                                              Alice 🙂

Open Days at Edge Hill University.

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re well and have had a good week! For today’s blog I’m going to talk about Open Days at Edge Hill University and a bit about what you can expect if you were to go to one as a prospective student.  When I look back to the Open Days I went to before I decided to go to Edge Hill, I think about how I knew straight away that Edge Hill was the university for me. From all the people I have spoken to, they felt exactly the same as I did – welcome and at home from the very first visit.

I first heard of Edge Hill at a university fair at the college I went to. I spoke to one of the Edge Hill team at their stand and they told me about the next Open Day that was coming up. At the time I had a few other university Open Days I planned to go to, but the first one I went to was at Edge Hill in November 2017.

I went to the Open Day with my parents and we drove the two-hour journey to get here. My incredibly positive initial impression was created by the kind and welcoming man who greeted us at the car park and showed us where to park. I remember he was very friendly – he made me and parents laugh and straight away feel comfortable in somewhere we had never been before. At registration we were told exactly where to go around the uni and I remember collecting an Edge Hill tote bag and prospectus in Main Building, which I was really happy with! My parents and I were very impressed by the beautiful campus and every student we met was extremely helpful, showing us around and answering every question we had (even quite a few obvious ones my dad had to ask!)

Without a doubt, the most helpful part of the day was speaking to my course department. It’s so important to speak to potential tutors on an Open Day because your course is a big part of university life. I remember feeling so excited and certain that this was what I wanted to do a degree in, and that is exactly what I did!

We looked around and spoke to all the different stands at the Student Experience Fair, who were giving useful information about university life at Edge Hill. As part of the Open Day we also had a campus tour and a look around all the accommodation. There were also stalls with hot drinks and food we could help ourselves to. Needless to say, me and my parents were very impressed. One thing that really jumped out at me was that we’d seen so many students who obviously cared about and enjoyed their uni so much!

We absolutely loved the day; it was brilliant to be on the incredible campus and see everything it had to offer, but for me it was the lovely people that made it. We didn’t want the day to end and I really think that that was a sign that I would be very happy at Edge Hill and it was the right uni for me!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the blog and it has given you a little insight into what an Open Day at Edge Hill is like- a brilliant day you will absolutely love. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us…

The dates of our upcoming Open Days this year:

Saturday 15th June 2019, 10am-3pm – Book Now

Saturday 17th August 2019, 10am-3pm – Book Now

Saturday 12th October 2019, 10am-3pm – Book Now

Saturday 9th November 2019, 10am-3pm – Book Now

Saturday 23rd November 2019, 10am-3pm – Book Now

Have a lovely week,

Alice : )

Ways to celebrate at university!

Hi everyone! Hope you’re well and have had a good week! For today’s blog post, I thought I’d talk about different ways to celebrate an event at university! As I have mentioned in different blog posts, I find for me that it is best for to stick to a routine in order to get things done, so when it comes to celebrating an event, it is nice to change things up a bit! It was my birthday on Tuesday, so I wanted for my first ever birthday that I have not celebrated at home to be nice and feel different to my everyday routine. As it is has been a few different friends of mine’s birthdays while we’ve been at uni, I thought I’d talk about different ways to celebrate!

Go to stay with friends!

Something I did to celebrate my birthday was to visit my boyfriend and some of my friends in Sheffield for a few days. This was really nice for me as my birthday was on the Tuesday and I don’t have lectures on Tuesdays or Wednesdays so I was able to go away for a few days! What was lovely about doing this was when I got back to Edge Hill I wanted to celebrate my birthday with my flat mates and we went to Social in the SU on Wednesday night and had a great night with some of my uni mates! It was really nice to spend time with my Sheffield friends, where we went out into the city for the day and went for a birthday meal in the evening.

Throw a party!

Something we did to celebrate my friend Jessamys birthday was to have a party at my flat. We brought together all our mates with snacks and drinks and bought cheap party decorations from pound land! We made sure that we weren’t too loud for my flatmates and kept the music quite low, after the party we got the last train for a night out in Liverpool and got a taxi back to the uni!

Go out for the day!

If nights out and partying isn’t really for you, a nice idea would be to go out to Liverpool, Southport or out for a coffee or food in Ormskirk with friends or family! It is so nice to change up your routine when celebrating an event, so maybe go somewhere nice you’ve never been before, for example I love Nordico lounge in Ormskirk!

Whatever you decide to celebrate your birthday while at uni, it is do important to do whatever you want to- it’s your day after all! It’s nice to receive calls and birthday cards off family and friends and of course embarrassing photos on Facebook! Hope you’ve enjoyed the night out photos in this blog post! I’m going back home for Easter tomorrow but will be back with the blogs next week as usual!

Have a good week,

Alice 🙂

 

 

Procrastination and distraction at uni! :)

Hi everyone, I hope you’re well and have had a good week, for today’s blog I am going to talk about getting distracted and ways to put an end to procrastinating. To procrastinate is to delay or postpone action; put off doing something, and I think it is quite ironic that while I am writing a blog post on this and giving tips on how stop procrastinating, I am putting off doing work myself! I am one of those people, as most students are who loves having naps, watching Netflix and gets very, distracted, very easily! Right now, I am meant to be finishing off an assignment and instead of just getting distracted by my phone I have managed to convince myself to write a blog instead as I have some tips to help you if you’re feeling the same as me right now!

Be Fair on yourself.

You know yourself better than anybody else, only you know how you feel at the time, and there is no point forcing yourself to stay up and pull an all nighter to finish an assignment if you know you won’t be up for your lecture in the morning if you do so. Setting yourself realistic goals and aims for each day means you get done what you need to while being fair on yourself, my favourite way is writing a realistic to do list, with specific times. That being said, don’t be too fair on yourself, like it can be good to reward yourself after achieving what you set out to do but in moderation!

Distractions!

I can get distracted by pretty much anything, like if I hear someone in the flat come in, I’ll look for anything to have a chat instead of to do uni work. Or I’ll go on my phone to send a text and keep checking to see if they’ve replied, and the same with emails! I find that if I get the distractions out the way before I start doing work, I’m more likely to knuckle down. I am also one of those people that thinks out of sight out mind, so I’ll quite often leave my phone switched off in my bag or leave it in the flat when I go to the Catalyst. Today, while I’m in the Catalyst I’ve brought my phone with me to keep in touch with my friend and I’ve noticed how much more I’ve been distracted!

Have allocated spaces for work

I know that I struggle to concentrate if I work in my room, but work well in the kitchen as it is quiet and can get up and make coffee and have snacks at any point! Whereas, the best place I work is the Catalyst, in a little individual pot on the second floor and stick a head phones on to isolate myself and hopefully minimise distraction.  I find it’s very important to have breaks to go to the loo or go on a walk wherever I’m working, also inviting some friends who are doing the same work helps to talk about it and motivate each other to carry on!

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog, please comment if you have any questions. I’m off now to finish my assignment- good luck to you all! Have a good week, look after yourself.

Alice 🙂 xxx

Exercise and keeping fit at Edge Hill.

Hi everyone, hope you’re well and have had a good week! For today’s blog, I thought I’d write a bit about a few ways I try to keep fit at uni. I think many people think of uni as a time in your life where you slip into bad eating habits of cheap junk food and do zero exercise as you have no time because of uni work! Whereas, I feel like that is completely to the individual, and if you make the time, effort and motivation for it, you can get into a healthy routine of fitness and healthy eating, while also having time for uni work! I like to do exercise after I’ve been to the Catalyst for a couple of hours and have a good healthy meal afterwards.

The Sports Centre                                                                                                                                     In the past couple of months, I have been in the Sports Centre most days, and really making the most of my membership, as I know alot of my friends who have a membership like to as well! The facilities as brilliant, for me personally my favourite parts are the exercise classes (all free with an Edge Hill sports membership!) and the pool. I feel like in the few months I have got my fitness routine at the Sports centre down to a tee and really loving it.

On Mondays I have swim team from 7-9 (I am going to do a blog post all about the swim team next week, about what it’s like to be part of the team and what we do). On Tuesdays I go to Step class at 7:15 and Yoga straight after at 8:20, on Wednesdays Zumba at 7:35 and Konga at 8:25. On Thurdays, if I’m not still in my Critical Theories lecture, I go to land training at 7-8 and Friday I go to Zumba at 6:30!

So yes, you could really say I like to make the most of the factilies, at the weekend I like to go swimming and on a run around the back of the sports centre and aroung campus. It all depends on what I’m up to that week, for example last week I didn’t go to as many classes as I went to a few different shows at the Arts centre to change things up a bit!

Exercising with friends                                                                                                                         I really like to go to the classes at the Sports centre with friends, who if they don’t have a membership can pay for an individual class, and same for going for a swim. I find that getting into fitness is so much easier and more fun if you do it with friends, (I do find the classes are lots of fun either way though, especially zumba!) I also really enjoying going jogging with friends, it can be a great hangover cure the afternoon after a night out as well as a good sleep. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog about ways I do exercise and keep (a bit!) fit at uni. These are just ways I like to do it, I know everyone is different, some people like going into the gym and getting into their own routine or having a personal trainer, whatever works for you. Remember to do what feels right for you and not to push yourself too far, I often have the weekend off and sometimes only go to one of two exercise classes a week, I just gave you an example of a busy fitness week for me!

Alice 🙂